Division of Calwell

The Division of Calwell is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria.

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Calwell in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPMaria Vamvakinou
NamesakeArthur Calwell
Electors107,523 (2019)
Area265 km2 (102.3 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan


Arthur Calwell, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 and is named for Arthur Calwell, who was Minister for Immigration 1945–1949 and Leader of the Australian Labor Party 1960–1967.

Calwell has been a safe Labor seat since it was first contested. The seat's first MP elected in 1984 was Andrew Theophanous. After failing to retain Labor preselection due to issues of criminality, Theophanous unsuccessfully contested the 2001 election as an Independent, polling 9.6% of the vote.[1] The current Member for Calwell, since the 2001 federal election, is Maria Vamvakinou, a member of the Australian Labor Party.

At the 2011 Census, Calwell had the nation's most stable population, with only 25.6% of residents having moved in the last five years. The electorate had the nation's third highest proportion of Catholics (38.5%) and the third highest proportion of residents of Islamic faith (16.8%), the highest in Victoria.[1]


The division is located in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. It covers an area of approximately 265 square kilometres (102 sq mi) from Kalkallo in the north to Keilor Park in the south and from Oaklands Junction in the west to Somerton in the east. Localities include Attwood, Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Craigieburn, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Keilor Park, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, Upfield, Westmeadows and Yuroke; as well as part of Fawkner, Keilor, Oaklands Junction and Tullamarine.[2]


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Andrew Theophanous
Labor 1 December 1984
18 April 2000
Previously held the Division of Burke. Lost seat
  Independent 18 April 2000 –
10 November 2001
    Maria Vamvakinou
Labor 10 November 2001

Election resultsEdit

2019 Australian federal election: Calwell[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Maria Vamvakinou 47,115 53.88 −4.80
Liberal Genevieve Hamilton 21,978 25.13 −0.52
Greens Polly Morgan 5,893 6.74 −1.27
Victorian Socialists Jerome Small 3,984 4.56 +4.56
United Australia Prakul Chhabra 3,037 3.47 +3.47
CEC Keith Kerr 2,851 3.26 +3.26
Conservative National Adam Vail 1,771 2.03 +2.03
Socialist Equality Peter Byrne 823 0.94 +0.94
Total formal votes 87,452 90.78 −2.34
Informal votes 8,884 9.22 +2.34
Turnout 96,336 89.61 +4.25
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Maria Vamvakinou 60,164 68.80 −0.93
Liberal Genevieve Hamilton 27,288 31.20 +0.93
Labor hold Swing −0.93


  1. ^ a b Green, Antony (11 October 2013). "Federal election 2013: Calwell results". Australia Votes. Australia: ABC. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Calwell (Vic)". Current federal electoral divisions. Australian Electoral Commission. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  3. ^ Calwell, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°35′20″S 144°49′30″E / 37.589°S 144.825°E / -37.589; 144.825